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Local county working on mosquito control

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

It's that time of the year again, when the weather warms up mosquitos come back out across Mid-Michigan.

One county is already working to lessen the number of bites you'll endure.

Mary McCarry was on the hunt Friday, April 18, as she's done for the past 10 days. The biologist slogged through flooded woodland in Bay County, looking for mosquito larvae.

"We really track it really closely," McCarry said.

Mosquito control officials want to eliminate the "baby skeeters" before they become adults. The snowstorm the county had earlier this week coupled with strong rainstorms created perfect conditions for spring mosquitos to hatch.

"We have real good density of mosquito larvae. We had some rain last weekend so not only do we have a hatch from the beginning of the month, but we also have another hatch that just occurred this week," McCarry said.

To kill those larvae, mosquito control will use planes to spray 40,000 acres in the county beginning Monday.

Besides getting rid of those bloodsuckers the control folks want to make sure the potentially deadly West Nile Virus doesn't develop in the county.

McCarry enjoys searching for mosquito larvae.

"Oh I love it, it's great. A beautiful day, birds are singing frogs are chirping and mosquitoes are growing," McCarry said.

But not for long, if McCarry and her cohorts have their way.

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